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Interview with Nina Klay of the Swiss Taekwondo


The top Swiss Taekwondo athlete Nina Klay, who participated in the ETU European Taekwondo Championships Montreux 2016, gives an interview for the ETU. Nina who had one of the most spectacular fights of the day, got the golden point, yet she did not manage to qualify to the semifinals.

What seems to be the future for the Swiss Taekwondo?

Well, it is difficult to say since there are no athletes at this moment to support the elite Taekwondo in Switzerland. There are many things that need to change in favor of the sport.

Can you identify a potential successor of your course in the Swiss Taekwondo?

I do not want to speak with names, but what I can say is that there are many juniors right now who have a lot of potential. Yet potential is not everything. It needs dedication and of course support.

You have achieved so many in your course career in Taekwondo. What is your next step?

I am already 27 years old. If I was to compete for more, that would be another four years topmost. That means until my 31. That is quite a lot for an elite female athlete in Taekwondo. I am already 13 years a professional athlete and 8 of them as a senior. Now, I feel it is time to have some time for myself. To finish my studies which is so hard to combine with all the competitions. Yet, I will not exclude myself from all tournaments – I will just lower my pace as an athlete.

Despite the fact that you will lower your pace in Taekwondo as you say, do you aspire to remain inside the field of the sport, either as a coach, or perhaps in the Swiss Taekwondo federation?

No one knows that. What I know for sure is that I do not want to do anything with the federation. Politics is not for me. As for coaching, of course I would like to try it and why not follow it. I have so many years of experience and for sure I would like to share it with the new generation. I think that can help the upcoming Taekwondo athletes. We will see what the future brings and I hope for the best.


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